Resistant gray (now orange) roots

I recently discovered the HFH page and am so happy to get my henna misconceptions cleared up!  My very dark brown tightly curled African American hair had about 2 inches of resistant gray roots since I stopped using a PPD-laced dark brown dye.  I didn't want to make the roots jet black by doing a 2-step Henna/Indigo,  so instead I purchased and applied the Ancient Sunrise kit for Dark Brunette.  Well, my roots seemed not to take much if any indigo because they came out coppery-orange.  I'm pretty sure I prepped everything correctly (even shampooed with liquid dish soap first!, added salt to

Q & A "Can I choose my own password?"

The answer is an enthusiastic "Yes!" Enthusiastic because user administration was a bothersome chore on the old forum script but on our new site, you can control your own account. When you're logged in, click the "My account" item on the menu in the left column and you'll go to a page with details on your account that you can control, including your password.

The traditional North African dancer: her clothing, her makeup, and her henna

Perhaps not what you expected.  Here's what she was REALLY like about 100 years ago, probably Algeria or Tunisia.  Enjoy!

Yes.  Fully covered.  Elegant. 

Here is her henna!


It never stops.

How did you alter your body for your wedding?  Who made the choices about your body?


Avoid colour build up but still condition the hair with henna

I am worried about color build up. My hair is naturally medium mousy brown near to the roots and lighter in the rest with some white hairs. I have hennaed 2 times so far, 1 week apart between applications, about 3 or 4 weeks ago. I'd like to keep as much as possible to a orange / cooper shade than to have build up until it goes deep red / auburn but in the same time I need the henna conditioning properties like air as my hair is so so thin, week and dry towards the ends. I was thinking to use a henna gloss on the length of my hair every 3 - 4  weeks and proper henna mix only on my roots.

Interesting article about Physical types who get tattooed

I found this to be very interesting, and thought you might too.  I found it especially interesting because I actually get a lot of interest from people who are trying to hide or camoflage "ugly" parts....




It begins when we're just born!

When you were just born, your parents altered your body in one way or another, to make your body "appropriate" for acceptance into their cultural group.  If they failed to do that, people could have regarded them as unfit parents!

Parents have marked and adorned this baby for a photograph to present the newest member of their family to their world (who would probably make approving social noises).


What's new at the henna page: watermarking for the Gimp!

How to create a custom brush in GIMP for easy watermarking
© Victoria, of Blurberrybuzz Body Art

Keep their hot little mitts off your work!  (or at least make it easy to catch them when they grab it!)


Henna on blonde hair

Hi all,

Please post your Thursday Sharing for May 13 into this thread!

Thank you all in advance for sharing!
When you can, post a url for your picture rather than hotlinking the picture .... there are several reasons for this:

Many people have limited bandwidth. If a hotlink pops their picture up every time some opens the thread, they may quickly exceed their bandwidth, and then nobody gets to see their picture.

Its nice to see your picture in the context of the rest of your work!

The page will open more quickly for everyone if the sharing is done with text links rather than hotlinks.



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